Lisette Oropesa, Anne Sophie Duprels, Shakespeare Headline Wexford Festival Opera 2020

By David Salazar
(Credit: Jason Homa)

The Wexford Festival has unveiled its 69th Festival, which includes a program inspired by the work of William Shakespeare.

It all kicks off with “Ein Wintermärchen,” a work by Karl Goldmark. The performance, which will take place that O’Reilly Theatre, stars Sergy Radchenko, Sophie Gordeladze, Deanna Breiwick, Simon Thorpe, Julian Hubbard, Rory Musgrave, Lancelot Nomura, and Zlata Khersberg. Marcus Bosch conducts while Dmitry Bertman directs.

Performance Dates: Oct. 20-29, 2020

 Ambroise Thomas’ “Le Songe d’une nuit d’été” is next up on the calendar. It will star Hasmik Torosyan, Valentina Mastrangelo, Sébastien Guèze, Tommaso Barea, Vasyl Solodkyy, Sheldon Baxter, and Poala Leoci. Guillaume Tournaire conducts, while Walter Le Moli directs.

Performance Dates: Oct. 21- Nov. 1, 2020

Catalani’s “Edmea” is the final mainstage production. It stars Anne Sophie Duprels, Ivan Shcerbatykh, Raffaele Abete, John Molloy, Leon Kim, and Conor Prendiville. Francesco Cilluffo conducts and Julia Burbach directs.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22-31, 2020 



Pocket Operas

The festival will also present three pocket operas starting with “Shakespeare in Love,” which will be directed by Lyaysan Safargulova. The work will feature love scenes, arias, duets, and quartets from operas related to the bard.

Performance Dates: Oct. 20-30, 2020 

Wayne Jordan will direct “The Dark Side of Shakespeare” will explore the darker natures of Shakespeare’s work, with an emphasis on “Otello” and “Macbeth.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 21- 31, 2020 

“Shakespeare for Fun” will be directed by Roberto Recchia and will be a reduced production of Verdi and Boito’s “Falstaff.”

Other Events 

The festival will feature a recital starring international superstar soprano Lisette Oropesa.

Performance Date: Oct. 30, 2020

The company will continue its famed Lunchtime recitals featuring principal singers from the festival.

Performance Dates: Oct. 21- 31, 2020

Rossini’s “Petite messe solennelle” will be presented at the Rowe Street Chuch.

Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2020

There will be a gala concert featuring festival highlights.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26, 2020

 There will also be pop-up events, late night cabarets, lectures, and the Wexford Factory, an academy for young singers.